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Punitive vs. Supportive Government

Punitive government vs supportive government

We know from decades of behavioral research that punishment doesn’t work. So why do we still use it as an approach to government?

We need to motivate ourselves to work past our current problems

The purpose of the United States government, according to our Constitution, is to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

A lot of this has to do with controlling behavior, which is odd for a government whose main purpose is to secure the blessings of liberty.  For instance, to secure justice, we sometimes have to secure and limit the freedom of people. The same goes for insuring domestic tranquility and providing for the common defense.

The question we have to ask ourselves is how best to do all this, ideally in a way that maximizes the blessings of individual liberty?

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Suicide and Relational Violence

Suicide and Relational Violence

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The insanity of abusive relationships is not something you can understand if you haven’t experienced them.

I’ve wanted to write this essay for a while now. I’ve put it off because it brings up some painful memories for me. A couple of years ago an up and coming Bollywood actress named Jiah Khan committed suicide. She left a 6 page suicide note addressed to her live in boyfriend. While the note is painful to read – what I am going to say next won’t make sense until you read it. It is in English. (

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Books you should read

Humanist Books You Should ReadBooks you should read

Everyday Humanism
By  Dale McGowan. Everyday Humanism seeks to move the discussion of humanism's positive contributions to life away from the macro-level to focus on the everyday.

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Pride and Accomplishment

Pride and Accomplishment

Don’t let your pride get in the way of you getting things done.

Change isn't Easy

I have been working out of the library recently. My son is in a half day camp and it’s easier to work in the library than it is to drive home and back.  But I don’t always get my work done. Sometimes I talk to people. One day a homeless vet decided I was safe enough to poor his heart out to. He seems like a really good guy despite his tears.

Why is he homeless? Well, like most of us he fell on hard times.  This is a man who served his country and did things that he isn’t proud of.  He clearly has trauma and guilt related to his service in Vietnam.

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Humanist Goals – Life Skills 101

Humanist Goals – Life Skills 101

Having a goal in life gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Finding a satisfying goal worth working toward is what gives our life meaning and purpose.

Live Life Fully #Humanism

A lot of people struggle with the whole, living a life full of meaning and purpose.  I haven’t. And as I have gotten older I think I know why. I am a Humanist. My life is infused with meaning and purpose.

The goal of a Humanist is to life a life of personal fulfillment that aspires to the greater good of humanity. That’s my primary goal. Live life fully. Love other people. Leave the world a better place. #Humanism.

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